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I am going to come right out and say that this is a great compact lightweight auto ignition stove and pot system that is solidly built. It does the job well and it does it fast. It should be ideal for lightweight backpacking/camping, alpine bivis, leaving in the car/van for quick brews or as a backup/second stove when car camping. The heat exchanger and windshield mean that the stove is efficient and you need less fuel to cook your meal, important if on an extended trip in the mountains. It's small and light - 470g. Similar stoves: the MSR Reactor and Jetboil stoves.
PRIMUS EtaExpress™ Lightweight Compact Stove
What the Primus says:
An expansion of the ETA series, a smaller more compact stove suitable for solo trips. Mounts directly on a LP gas cartridge with a windscreen and a 1 litre pot with heat exchanger. The lid can be used as a frying pan, both the pot and frypan are coated with a 3 layer titanium non-stick surface. All the components including a 230g gas cartridge can be packed into the pot. Comes with net stuff sack.
What you get. Heinz Baked Beanz not included!
What you get (with approximate weights):
I've tested the stove on a few camping trips as a second stove/brew stove and in a couple of car parks making a quick brews. The stove is a pleasure to use and quick to assemble, though the windshield is a bit fiddly and annoying. You can have the stove up and going within 40 seconds. And it's fast - you turn around and the water is boiling before you know it. Other reviews give boil time of 2.5 to 5 minutes depending on starting water temperature, altitude and gas canister status (don't want to get into whether its faster than other makes out there, but it does sure feel quick).
Packs down to this. Heinz Baked Beanz not included!
The Bottom Line
The lightweight EtaExpress system has replaced my Jetboil for throwing in the climbing sack, leaving in the van and as our second camping stove. Will be taking it when we try the Cuillin Ridge later this year.
Primus is distributed in the UK by Rosker Ltd, www.rosker.co.uk to see the whole Primus range go, HERE
Primus Power Gas 110g: £2.50
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